Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, second quarters 2010 and 2011 (1)
Reason Extended mass layoff events Total business process Core processes Support processes
Strat. Mgmt. Procurement, logistics, distribution Ops. Product development Marketing, sales, account management Customer and after-sales service General managment and firm infra-structure Human resource management Technology and process development
Second quarter 2011(p)

Total business process

1,624 2,118 16 134 1,316 92 68 152 258 53 29

Business demand

489 660 7 31 449 23 13 40 65 21 11

Contract cancellation

27 43 1 2 23 3 1 3 7 3 -

Contract
completion

300 392 3 15 287 14 5 15 34 14 5

Domestic competition

- - - - - - - - - - -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

(2) 3 - - 1 1 - 1 - - -

Import
competition

(2) 4 - 1 2 - - - 1 - -

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

158 218 3 13 136 5 7 21 23 4 6

Organizational changes

61 137 3 9 50 10 7 14 32 5 7

Business-
ownership
change

14 31 1 3 10 3 4 3 6 1 -

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

47 106 2 6 40 7 3 11 26 4 7

Financial issues

110 248 1 27 102 17 19 27 41 8 6

Bankruptcy

25 51 - 4 20 2 6 9 9 1 -

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

58 124 - 14 56 9 8 7 21 5 4

Financial difficulty

27 73 1 9 26 6 5 11 11 2 2

Production
specific

31 48 1 3 30 2 - 2 6 1 3

Disaster/Safety

10 15 1 - 8 - 2 1 2 1 -

Seasonal

692 967 2 62 652 39 26 64 105 16 1

Other/
Miscellaneous

231 43 1 2 25 1 1 4 7 1 1
Second quarter 2010

Total business process

2,008 2,444 14 161 1,559 50 82 152 320 75 31

Business demand

629 849 2 42 586 16 24 43 92 28 16

Contract cancellation

50 97 - 7 43 2 6 6 20 7 6

Contract
completion

275 318 - 9 264 2 7 10 17 7 2

Domestic competition

3 6 - - 3 - 1 - 2 - -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

(2) 4 - 1 2 1 - - - - -

Import
competition

(2) 3 - 1 - 1 1 - - - -

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

298 421 2 24 274 10 9 27 53 14 8

Organizational changes

118 234 4 16 97 6 16 26 51 12 6

Business-
ownership
change

30 62 1 4 25 1 3 6 14 3 5

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

88 172 3 12 72 5 13 20 37 9 1

Financial issues

126 240 6 22 103 9 14 14 51 14 7

Bankruptcy

15 36 2 2 13 1 2 3 7 5 1

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

65 117 3 13 50 4 8 4 27 3 5

Financial difficulty

46 87 1 7 40 4 4 7 17 6 1

Production
specific

12 26 1 2 12 - 1 - 5 4 1

Disaster/Safety

11 14 - 1 8 - 3 - 1 1 -

Seasonal

801 1,060 1 77 737 19 24 68 117 16 1

Other/
Miscellaneous

311 21 - 1 16 - - 1 3 - -

Footnotes:
(1) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(2) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: August 17, 2011